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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
"The ab stuff you're doing is working." (I rarely see myself in the mirror below the shoulders!)

2. How much cash do you have on you?
Some coins. Less than a dollar, some of which is in the form of pressed souvenir pennies! I don't carry cash.

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

4. Favorite planet?

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Some number I don't know. It was a Maryland number, though.

6. What is your favorite ringtone on your phone?
I use a ringtone that sounds like gently ringing chimes. The strident volume of most ringtones is perturbing to me.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
A blue hooded shirt with a brown tied-dyed pattern. It's a pretty rad shirt. A guy in the hall told me so. :)

8. Do you label yourself?
Of course! I'm borderline millennial. Which is itself a label but also a generation that starts a lot of sentences with "I am ..."

9. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently wearing?
Clarks ... brown leather slip-ons, butter-soft, like heaven on my poor deformed left foot.

10. Bright or dark room?
Dark. I used to wear a brimmed hat as a kid because bright lights bothered me. Now, after many workdays, I come home to just read in the dark (with a booklight! I'm not a termite) for an hour or so to let my brain recalibrate itself.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
I've seen this three different places from three awesome, smart, funny women whom I am grateful to consider friends: pandemonium_213, heartofoshun, and rhapsody11.

12. What does your watch look like?
It's a Geneva with a bright blue fake leather band and a white face. I got it at the souvenir shop at Strasburg Railroad for 20 smackers. It's the first watch I've had in years!

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping! We stared The Grey, but Bobby rode for nine hours yesterday and fell asleep a little after eleven. I did a little reading and wasn't far behind him.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
"On my way! Ready for some fash!" (From Bobby a few days ago. Clearly I don't text a lot! He was at ski patrol training, and we were going to lunch at O'Lordan's for fish sandwiches. [Yes, we call "fish" as "fash." I did it on a whim once and it stuck.])

15. Where is your nearest 7-11?
Ummm ... I think there's one in Hampstead, which is the next town south of us?

16. What's a word that you say a lot?
Awesome. I have a student who does a really good mimicry of me saying it. 8^|

17. Who told you he/she loved you last?

18. Last furry thing you touched?
The Goldens, saying goodbye Wednesday before they went over Dawn's house. I told them I'd better not hear any bad reports! That lasted, oh, five minutes for Phil.

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days?
I don't do drugs, man, I'm high on life.

20. How many rolls of film do you need developed?
I actually do think I have some of those disposable cameras at home that I never got developed and maybe a couple of rolls from my film SLR ...

21. Favorite age you have been so far?
I'm quite happy at the age I am now. The 20s are way overrated. I was impoverished, overworked, and too young-looking to be taken seriously by a lot of people. I got trod on a lot. I'm tougher now and feel like I'm coming into my own. The future looks bright.

22. Your worst enemy?
My workaholism. I will literally work myself sick. I think it's hereditary; I don't ever remember my dad not working. He worked at the State by day as the print shop supervisor and then at his home typesetting business at night. When he gave the business up, he became a manager at The Piece. He's 72 and still works part-time for the State.

23. What is your current desktop picture?
The default--I am boring! Also, I always have so many files open that I never see my desktop background unless I need to minimize them all to open a rarely-used program, like YouTube Downloader.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
"Have fun!" (as Bobby walked out the door to go snowboarding)

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, what would it be?
I'll take the money and pay off our bills so that neither of us have to work much.

26. Do you like someone?
I like a lot of people.

27. The last song you listened to?
Sheesh. I don't even remember. Actually, it was "What a Feeling" from Flashdance ...

28. What time of day were you born?
Two minutes before noon, which my dad likes to frequently remind me really fucked with lunch.

29. What is your favo(u)rite number?
33 (Bobby's hockey number) and also 7 (and not just because of the sons of Fëanor!)

30. Where did you live in 1987?
In the family home in Kingsville, Maryland, a little semi-rural town in Baltimore County.

31. Are you jealous of anyone?
No. I am capable of it, but I work hard to stamp this particularly ugly emotion out of myself. I am proud of my accomplishments and skills.

32. Is anyone jealous of you?

33. Where were you when 9/11 happened?
I was at UMBC, in my Psychological Assessment class. This was during the seven-month period that Bobby and I were broken up. I'd cried most of my way to school (because of the asshole I was dating during the time Bobby and I were broken up). I heard people talking about planes and towers in class and thought they were talking about something that happened at BWI, which was right down the road from UMBC. I didn't think much of it. I left class and noticed that everyone in the quad was on the phone. I rolled my eyes at that and bought an orange soda and noticed they'd set up a TV in the Pub, which they never did. I went over the watch it with everyone else and drink my orange soda. I could not make sense of what I saw. I mean, it literally went into my brain and ran up against a wall of denial that I had seen what was on that TV. I wandered around campus because I wasn't sure what to do and then went to my car and put on the radio to see if I could figure out what was going on. What I heard made me realize that what I had seen was real. I left school, even though I had class that afternoon, and cried again all the way home, for a very different reason this time.

34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money?
I can't even remember the last time I used a vending machine. When I was in high school, the soda machine ate my dollar, so my friend and I reached up the chute and discovered that a soda was lodged in it. We wiggled it free, and every soda that had been ordered since them tumbled out, so we got like four sodas for a dollar.

35. Do you consider yourself kind?

36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be?
I would like a star of Fëanor on my left shoulder. Bobby has hinted that it would make a good omg-finally-finished-my-fucking-MA present. Believe it or not, we have a highly recognized tattoo artist working in Manchester.

37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?
Old English

38. Would you move for the person you loved?
Yes. We're considering it, actually.

39. Are you touchy feely?
Holy shit, no. I can bear being touched (I have students who like hugs and a lot of affection) but am not the type of person to reach out and touch first. The only person I touch regularly and voluntarily is Bobby. I often tell him that it is nice to have a human I can touch.

40. What’s your life motto?
Be the change you want to see in the world.

41. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
My wedding ring, a ring with diamond chips and a small sapphire in the shape of a flower (that Bobby gave me for our first Christmas together *mumblemumble* years ago), usually socks (tmi: more often than underroos actually).

42. What’s your favorite town/city?
Ocean City, Maryland, my favorite place in the world to go.

43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
Sheesh. I don't even remember. I don't carry cash, remember? ;)

44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
I sent a calligraphy commission to a friend around Christmastime, and I'm sure I included some kind of note.

45. Can you change the oil on a car?
Nope. I am horribly un-mechanical. Sometimes I have trouble getting the gas cap off because I have difficulty with right and left and can't remember which way to turn it! (The worst was the time when I turned it wrong and got it horribly stuck and had to ask for help while dressed in full medieval garb on my way to a demo.) I did take apart and put back together my dishwasher the other day, though, so there is hope for me. (I learned very well how to take apart and reassemble a dishwasher while working at The Piece.)

46. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
That he was heading out to the mountain to get first chair and would be back at 10:45 to check out of the room and carry stuff to the car. ;)

47. How far back do you know about your ancestry?
My mom's side are Stuarts, so I know what history tells us about the Stuarts. (I told this to a class one time while we were reading Gawain and the Green Knight, and they very excitedly starting plotting to travel to Scotland to help me reclaim "my" castle no matter how much I explained to them that that wasn't really how it worked anymore.) On my dad's side, I know my grandmother's parents were off-the-boat Polish; my grandmother was mostly raised in a Catholic convent. My grandfather's people were German and Irish, also immigrants. I never met my great-grandparents; they were deceased on all sides by the time I was born, so I don't know much more than that.

48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy?
Last year's prom, I suppose.

49. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
Actually and blissfully NO.

50. Have you been burned by love?

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  • OMG, Dawn! This is so totally and completely you.

    I should have thought of Old English, or Middle English could be useful also.

    My sister married her high school sweetheart and they are very happy. Similarly to you guys, they had one break of less than a year once when they were in college. But that's it. When I was young and restless, it seemed stodgy to me. Now it seems like the most romantic thing in the world.

    40. What’s your life motto?
    Be the change you want to see in the world.
    --It really, really shows. One of the many things I love about you.

    Edited at 2015-03-06 03:30 pm (UTC)
    • I did it yesterday and didn't post it, then went to post it today and realized that some of the answers were no longer correct and so went back and changed it. Also totally me. OCD, much?? :D

      I should have thought of Old English, or Middle English could be useful also.

      I am perfectly fine with reading Chaucerian ME, but it is definitely a goal of mine to read Gawain (my favorite Middle English work and sparring with Beowulf for favorite medieval, full stop) in the original language.

      I've studied OE but haven't practiced it hardly at all but doing so damned much Beowulf stuff I've actually picked up on a good bit just from being exposed to it on almost a daily basis.

      Similarly to you guys, they had one break of less than a year once when they were in college.

      It was a hard transition. I mean, we were practically kids together, and then we had to become adults together and simultaneously. For me, it taught me that the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence; it is brown and pissed on.

      It really, really shows. One of the many things I love about you.

      This made me all whimpery-smiley-happy. Thank you!
      • I studied Old English and I remembered some of it (but forgot most). Used it a little when writing Rohan-centered things--will have to mess with it again when finishing that novel. It is a different language.

        Middle English is surprisingly easy if one ignores the spelling and tries reading aloud. Some of the English docs I've tried to read contemporary to Richard III feels more like Middle English/Chaucer's than like Shakespeare's English--another big shift in the works right at that time and shortly thereafter. Some classes would be fun.

        This made me all whimpery-smiley-happy. Thank you!

        I count on you to do the stuff I am too tired to do (just kidding that would be so unfair). I am tired and thinking of making a big reveal of my actual age on my birthday next month. I have never said it in fandom that I know. Even people who know I am older than sin and to whom I have hinted broadly seem to guess younger.

        • I am on a Facebook group for students at Mythgard/Signum, and a few weeks ago, someone posed the question there of which language current students would most like to see offered next in the language center. (Currently, they have Latin, Spanish, and French.) Old English seemed to be winning overwhelming, at least based on casually following the conversation as comments popped up in my email. It got my vote. Old Norse seemed to be in second, which would be my second choice as well. So I'm hoping that a class might manifest soon ... maybe this summer? (That would be excellent, as I could take it right before starting my thesis.)

          Even people who know I am older than sin and to whom I have hinted broadly seem to guess younger.

          I think I know the first number but not the second! Or maybe I'm among those who'd be guessing low! :D I'm terrible with guessing age. Age is so stupid anyway. (I know it's easy for me to say as a thirty-something!) I have friends who could be my parents and find them easier to relate to than some people my own age. I also know people my own age who hobble around like they are 80 years old (and for no good reason ... I also know people my own age who are struggling with health issues, and of course, my sympathies are with them).
          • I lied outright about my age to get a job in law firm here. It worked out great. I loved my boss (ten years younger than me and brilliant, and thought we were the same age--we still keep in touch). I finally told him how old I was and it was much too late by then to do anything about it. Then he thought I was lying. Long funny story there. I should write it as a short story.
  • You're so fortunate that you ended up married to your first love (despite the sometimes rocky road between the first date and the actual marriage). I have had the honor of knowing you (over cyber space) for several years now and can frankly say that you are a unique, intelligent, and fascinating person who I hope to meet in RL some day. Drive carefully on your way home from Liberty.

    - Erulisse (one L)
    • Thank you! We're back. :) And guess what? The truck started, but the snowblower didn't ... :^|

      I am so very grateful for Bobby. Sometimes I think it must be a dream. He is ridiculously good to me (and for all I may seem here, trust and believe that I don't always deserve it!) and an incredibly kind person. And hot! :D

      The time we were apart got us over the hump between being kids together and growing into adults together. I haven't looked back since.
  • #1 - Let me know what you're doing!!!!!! Gosh. Abs. I used to have them. :D

    #40 - I often say that to myself too.
    • #1. I bellydance and have progressed to the point where I needed some super strength in those muscles! :D Aside from dancing and practicing belly rolls and stuff whenever I think no one is looking, I do the ab machine at the gym where you basically do a sit-up while pressing against weight; I do three sets of 12 at 100 lb/45 kg. And I do three sets of 50 on the ab coaster at max weight (35 lb/15 kg, I think?)

      I pulled my piriformis muscle earlier in the year and so am just getting back fully into strength training.

      #40. It's my absolute favorite saying. I think it really makes a difference to try to live it.
      • Oh that sounds awesome. I love bellydancing - watching. I doubt I could coordinate enough to do it without spraining something.

        My yoga teacher sometimes has classes... coincidentally I was thinking of giving it a try, once the March madness is over. Hope no one around me gets hurt. lol
        • It's actually a very ground dance form, i.e., low impact on the joints and unlikely to result in injuries. Yes, this is me encouraging you to try it! :) I started it while I was having joint pain issues. I have been a freestyle rollerskater since I was a kid, and my body just couldn't bear the higher impact of vigorous dance/skating.

          I love it. I'm in my third year now and can now do things I didn't even know were possible, like move ab groups separately! :D It's good exercise and more fun than the gym! (Says she who is still in her pajamas after trying to muster the energy to go to the gym for the past three hours ... :D)
          • Sounds like a good way to get back in the game. I can't believe it's March and the last time I went to the gym was this one time in January, after skipping most of December. :/

            Moving separate ab groups sounds awesome. :D :D
            • Speaking of ab isolations in bellydance, my teacher posted this to our class group the other day. I watched it this morning more or less like this 8^0

              Oh to be able to do that someday ... :D
              • He's interesting, from the stage name to everything! (I'm a Mary Renault fan). I had heard of male performers but I hadn't seen one before. It's a thing of beauty.
  • Stuarts! :D On my mom's dad side, we're related to the Boleyns. Family history has always fascinated me. Your students in that one class sound utterly adorable, wanting to reclaim the castle for you. :D

    Old English is an awesome language to want to be fluent in.
    • The students who wanted to reclaim Stirling Castle for me were big lugs of seniors; a few centuries earlier, and they probably would have been able to put up a good fight for it! :D I keep in touch with two of them even now; they were among my favorite students.

      My favorite tidbit about the Stuarts is from, I think, my Norton anthology of early English and says something about James VI/James I being a somewhat creepy fellow "always fiddling about his codpiece." HA. My family's branch of the tree sprung from that root (ouch, that's gross, sorry ...) is mechanically minded, outdoorsy, tall, wears a lot of flannel, farts a lot, kills their own meat, and sits out in the rain at cookouts drinking cheap beer because "shit don't melt." (I actually adore that side of my family, even though all those things are also true. ;)

      OE is immensely useful to me for my academic stuff. I will have to master it. But I do love the sound of it (I swoon whenever they start speaking OE on Vikings), and Bobby and I indulge the fantasy of being able to speak well enough in it or Old Norse to be able to converse without 99.9% of English speakers having a clue what we're saying.
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